Why students shouldn't waste time & money at a non-accredited business school
Going to business school is a big investment. It takes a lot of time, money, and effort to crack the books, pass the tests, to finally have your diploma in hand. How would you feel if you paid thousands of dollars, and years of your life, and then when you went to interview for a job you found out your degree wasn't worth the paper it was printed on?
While there is a touch of hyperbole there, it is a situation that a lot of students find themselves in when they choose to attend a non-accredited business school.
Before you set foot in a classroom, you need to ask what you plan to do with your business degree. Most students want to get involved in the economy, using the skills they learn to find their niche in the wider world of business. However, a degree is a certification that a student has actually learned those skills. It is the institution vouching for the student. If the university has a good reputation, along with the proper accreditation, hiring directors will trust that a graduate can do the job.
If you have a degree from an institution that isn't accredited, then your university's word isn't as valuable. An unaccredited institution isn't required to meet the same standards as accredited universities are. So there is no guarantee that the students who went to this school really did learn the skills they need to compete in the field.
For example, UNIBusiness is accredited by the AACSB-an accreditation that is awarded to less than 5 percent of business schools in the world. According to the AACSB, AACSB-accredited schools:
- are recognized worldwide by top employers and other universities.
- have employers that only hire their graduates.
- have more access to recruiters.
- have graduates that receive higher, more competitive salaries.
- say being accredited improves the quality of their business programs.
- say being accredited helps them hire and retain the best professors and researchers.
- have students that are more international and are likely to earn higher levels of education.
- have students with high-graduating GPAs
- are challenging and teach the best skills that give a distinct advantage in the real world.
If you had a choice between two doctors, and one was an accredited physician with board certification, while the other graduated from a school with no certification or oversight, who do you want opening you up for surgery?
For more information on business school accreditation, visit http://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/
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